After suffering an engine problem which affects their ability to generate electrical power, Guillermo Altadill (ESP) and Jose Munoz (CHI), who are racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race around the world, have taken the decision to reroute to the south of New Zealand to make a technical repair.
Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz, pitstopped into Bluff - a port 30 kms by road from Invercarcgill - at 0522hrs UTC this Friday morning. The duo came in in 12kts of breeze and clock is now ticking to make sure they can resume racing at 0522hrs Saturday morning. The Neutrogena team had technicians on the dock ready to fix their engine problems and give the IMOCA 60 a good once over. They suspended racing just at the entrance to the harbour.
News Flash: Renault Captur turn back to pitstop in New Zealand Following damage to their starboard rudder which became obvious between Sunday 15th and Monday 16th February Jorg Riechers (GER) and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur have made the decision to reroute to New Zealand to undertake a technical pit stop to try and make a more effective repair. The duo, racing in fourth place in the Barcelona World Race, were 585 miles SE of the southerly tip of South Island NZ at 0500hrs UTC. They believe it will take them between two and three days, sailing in mainly favourable SW and S'ly breezes which look set to become lighter as they close to New Zealand, to reach a suitable landfall. Riechers and Audigane have attempted two repairs to the rudder blade so far but the boat has proven uncontrollable at higher speeds. Further information will be issued shortly.
Hungarian Skipper Nandor Fa and Kiwi co-skipper Conrad Colman on board Spirit of Hungary have tonight confirmed a pitstop in Invercargill, New Zealand, to get a replacement part for a jammed and broken halyard lock slide. After both co-skippers repeated attempts to release the damaged slide have failed, this technical stopover has become inevitable.
Hola amigos, Llevamos unos días que, sumados a los doldrums, quieren recordarnos que la Barcelona World Race es una regata de resistencia. Willy está mejor de la contractura, yo sigo con el hombro izquierdo dolorido y con tortícolis, nada serio, pero incómodo. Físicamente estamos bastante cansados.
Position: 30 Degrees 49 North 021 Degrees 02 West Miles to Go: 917!
The countdown is really on now. Our instruments it the cockpit can only show three figures for a distance to a waypoint so when the numbers ticked over from 999 nautical miles remaining to Gibraltar and started counting down I was so happy it was as if we had already arrived. While I know that we are getting closer to the end of the race there are no physical signs of our immenent arrival on terra firma, aside from the food bags becoming frighteningly empty